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The Agony and The Ecstasy

The Agony and The Ecstasy is a novel by American writer Irving Stone about the greatest Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the Renaissance – Michelangelo Buonarroti.

The authenticity of the narrative required Stone to take a trip to the home of the painter. After selling his home in California, Irving Stone moved to Italy and lived there for more than four years visiting many locations in Florence and Rome before the book was completed. In order to more accurately convey to the reader the secrets of working with stone, the writer took a hammer and chisel, mastering the skill of a stonemason. With the help of fellow scientists Stone got into the archives and found a lot of records relating to Michelangelo and his family.

Almost half of the novel is based on the newly discovered materials. The main source for the novel is Michelangelo’s correspondence, all 495 letters, which Stone had translated from Italian. Stone also worked with Canadian sculptor Stanley Lewis, who studied Michelangelo’s carving technique and tools. Stone was awarded several honorary awards for his cultural achievements.

In the course of the novel, the reader sees how Michelangelo struggles to become the embodiment of Renaissance humanism. Michelangelo needs to overcome the interference of his family, political intrigue, religious dogma, papal patronage, artistic jealousy, and military campaigns to achieve his artistic ambition.

Despite his father protests. Michelangelo at the age of 12 becomes first the apprentice to painter Ghirlandaio and then to a sculptor Bertoldo, who directs a school that was financed by Lorenzo de’ Medici. Lorenzo was a patron of Florentine art.

Michelangelo won Lorenzo’s esteem and met his children (among them two future popes, Giovanni and Giulio, and Contessina, his first love). He went through several attacks by his jealous colleagues.

When Savonarola starts to control politics, as well as religion, Michelangelo leaves Florence and goes to Bologna, where he meets Clarissa Saffi and carves Il Bambino that attracted the attention of Leo Baglioni.

Stone did an excellent job in keeping the history pretty accurate and detailed. The book represents the life of Michelangelo in the novel form. The book describes the events from the days when Michelangelo was an apprentice at 13 to the times when he finished the design of St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican. Michelangelo’s life is very well explained in the book.

The Agony and The Ecstasy is a novel by American writer Irving Stone about the greatest Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the Renaissance – Michelangelo Buonarroti.

The authenticity of the narrative required Stone to take a trip to the home of the painter.

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